On Sunday, the player they call ‘El Granda’ was simply explosive as he scored 31 big points, leading his Meralco team to a come-from-behind victory over NLEX and send his team through to its first appearance in the PBA’s final four.
“Na-challenge rin lang ako kasi nung Game One, yung depensang ibinigay nila sa akin iba,” David told sportswriters after the game. “Ngayon, pinaghandaan ko lang. Gumamit ako ng ibang option tsaka strategy.”
In the opener, David had a quiet 13 points as he took a backseat to teammate Mark Macapagal, who erupted with 22 points off the bench....
The Bolts stared at a 64-44 deficit in the third quarter before finding their way back behind veteran guard Gary David, who scored a season-high 31 points including 14 in the fourth period.
“I thought my team played with a lot of guts in the second half,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black. “We got thoroughly outplayed in the first half by the NLEX team. They threw new wrinkles at us and we didn’t respond to them.”...
The Purefoods Star Hotshots and the Meralco Bolts eye to nail a series-clinching win against their respective opponents in Game Two of the best-of-three PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals Sunday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.
Purefoods and the Alaska Aces collide at 3 p.m. followed by the clash between Meralco and NLEX Road Warriors at 5:15 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live on TV5.
The Hotshots and the Bolts are both just a win away from marching on to the semifinals after scoring Game One victories last Friday. Purefoods destroyed Alaska by 34 points, 120-86, while Meralco thumped NLEX, 97-82....
The Daredevil may be out of the conference after badly hurting his left knee following a collision with Road Warriors' import Al Thorton in the first half.
"On that moment I was just, 'Why? Why now? Why did it have to be this moment?'" Dillinger told reporters after the game....
MANILA, Philippines—Meralco pushed the right buttons on Friday as it turned back NLEX, 97-82, to take a 1-0 series lead in their playoffs matchup in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
It was an almost no-contest as the Bolts picked apart the Road Warriors like it was nothing. Meralco immediately jumped to an 11-2 lead in the first quarter and never looked back.
Bolts head coach Norman Black said his team picked the right time to play as a unit after suffering three straight losses going to the playoffs....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||8||5||0.615|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||10||0.333||9th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||3rd|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||7th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||8||8||0.500||5th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||7||8||0.467||6th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||6||7||0.462||6th|